How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Removing the persistent and parasitic pests called bed bugs can be difficult, but it’s definitely achievable. Eliminating them may seem daunting, mainly because most over-the-counter products are not effective on the little critters. Additionally, if only the adults are killed, eggs that are left behind can hatch in a few weeks to start the cycle all over again.
So, what is a homeowner to do?
Well … definitely seek advice from a pest control expert and learn how to identify early signs and symptoms of the bug’s presence. This way, you’re ahead of the game and can curb the potential of a full-blown infestation early on.
Unexplained rash or bites on your body? The culprit may very well be bed bugs.
Although they typically cause little harm beyond small welts and red spots, they’ve become such a widespread problem, health authorities now issue alerts for the small, red parasites.
Look for them on your clothes and furniture, but moreover, on bed linens and mattresses (they love the warmth and inconspicuous features of mattress crevices.) If you’ve found one, chances are others are lurking in your mattress or clothing. In this case, you’ll definitely want to inspect your place with a fine tooth comb for further signs of the bugs.
Remember, if you suspect a full-blown infestation calling your local pest control expert, should be the first thing you do.
For reprieve, in the meantime, start with the following tips on how to get rid of bed bugs on your own:
- Use Heat and Isolation. The early stages of a bed bug infestation can be treated with sunlight and plastic food wrapping. Wrap the entire bed in plastic wrap and leave it out in direct sunlight for a few days, storing the mattress in a garage or shed at night. The heat trapped inside of the plastic will possibly kill off the insects and their eggs.
- Small-Scale Pesticides. It’s important to use pesticides on your bed solely as a last resort. There are some small-scale pesticides approved for use by non-certified home applicators. These could give you the added edge to get rid of your bed bug problem once and for all.
Should I Hire a Professional Service?
One of the problems with bed bugs is that they are horrendously difficult to get rid of when you have a full-blown infestation. Short of replacing entire furniture sets, it can be nearly impossible to get rid of them on your own once they’ve reached a certain point.
Always, seek the expertise of a professional pest control service in order to preserve your quality of life and live bed bug-free.